Most people will experience some sort of toothache pain at some point in their lives. Toothaches can range from mild pain that subsides quickly to more severe pain that lasts longer than just a few seconds. The most common cause of dental pain is dental decay, but certain symptoms can aid in pinpointing the exact cause of your toothache pain for proper diagnosis and treatment.


Pain While Eating

 A toothache that arises from decay or a cracked tooth may cause pain or discomfort only while eating. It is important to have it checked and taken care of as soon as possible so the condition doesn’t worsen causing more discomfort and more extensive dental treatment.

Sharp, Shooting Toothache

This type of toothache pain typically comes from a cracked tooth, a cavity or an abscess. They usually occur in response to cold, hot or sweet foods and beverages. Another cause for this type of pain could be receding gums or loss of enamel due to age or brushing too hard.

Dull, Lingering Toothache

Tooth decay, trauma and nerve damage can all be the cause of chronic tooth pain. Grinding your teeth over long periods of time can also cause nerve damage over a long period of time.

Severe Throbbing Pain

Severe, throbbing toothaches are typically signs of infection or abscess and generally do not go away. If you are experiencing severe pain and swelling, see a dentist right away.

Jaw Pain

Jaw pain can arise from TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorders, wisdom teeth impaction, and grinding your teeth. Jaw pain can also be felt in the face, cheekbones, eyes and ears.

It is important to have any type of dental pain checked for proper diagnosis as some forms of pain mimic that of toothache or jaw pain. These non-dental related illnesses can range from sinusitis and ear infections to heart disease.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental at (813) 289 – 0560 promptly. We are here to help.








Any dental emergency should not be ignored. An injury to the teeth or gums can be serious and if left untreated, can cause permanent damage. If you do not seek dental care immediately, you risk extensive dental treatment, which can also be quite costly.

Dental Emergency Symptoms

A dental emergency that requires immediate care may include any of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling – Urgent Care Needed (Contact a dentist or go to the ER right away)
  • Severe Pain
  • Ongoing Tissue Bleeding
  • Severe Infection or Abscess

If you are not experiencing any of the above symptoms and have broken a tooth, lost a filling or crown or dislodged a tooth, contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental to make a dental appointment as quickly as possible.

Home Care

Here are a few tips you can do at home prior to your appointment to help alleviate your symptoms:

  • Mild, warm salt water solution several times a day
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil as needed
  • Apply cold compress to the outside of your mouth as needed
  • Apply gauze to the area until the bleeding subsides
  • Bite on a moist tea bag

Diagnosis & Treatment

We are available to treat and diagnose the following conditions:

  • Tooth Pain
  • Swollen Jaw
  • Broken Tooth
  • Cracked Tooth
  • Abscessed Tooth
  • Loose Fillings
  • Root Canal
  • Extraction

If you are nervous about your visit, we have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and sedation dentistry available.

When to Contact Us

Whether you are a current patient of ours, or you are new to our Palm Harbor office, we are available to help you should you require emergency dental care.

If you are seeking an emergency dentist in Palm Harbor during our regular office hours, please call our office to schedule an appointment with DR. JOHN CANNARIATO, DMD. We will be happy to work you into our schedule the same day.

If you have a dental emergency outside of our regular business hours, please call and leave us a message. We will return your call as quickly as possible.

Appointments available, call 813-289-0560 today!


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Situational Stress

You overslept. You jump out of bed, scurry through your morning shower, throw on your clothes and rush your way out the door. No time for breakfast, you’ll grab that on the way.  You get in your car and are driving along until you hit a wall of traffic backed up for miles. Now you will miss an important meeting and your whole morning is thrown off schedule. You start getting anxious and feel the build-up of tension all before 8 am. What a way to start your day and this is a common situation in our daily lives today.

Pressure & Pain

Suffering with headaches, jaw pain or facial pain? All are all common symptoms of TMJ or TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). Stress can cause your facial muscles to tighten. Grinding your teeth can put pressure on undue pressure on the joint. The Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ is located where the jaw meets and attaches to the skull, TMJ is also a term used to describe disorders related to this area  also referred to as TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). TMJ symptoms come from brain-muscle conditioning acquired by trauma or stress.

Damage Control

If you think you have TMJD, it is important to address the causes of stress in your life and take measures to relieve some of the strain. What relaxes you? A long walk? Meditation? Music? Make sure you find time for enjoyable activities so you become less tired and anxious.

If you are grinding your teeth at night during your sleep, you need proper treatment to prevent further damage involving fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. Proper care can eliminate jaw soreness, headaches and keep your teeth from being worn down from grinding. Contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental at (813) 289-0560 for a FREE consultation. You don’t have to live in pain.

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